Win tickets to the British Museum's Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition and other goodies
Accompanying a major exhibition at the British Museum from 19 July-25 November, part of the World Shakespeare Festival and the London 2012 Festival, Shakespeare: Staging the World offers a completely new approach to one of the most exceptional creative imaginations in history. This new work offers a unique opportunity to examine how London's identity was being shaped 400 years ago, whilst also exploring the pivotal role of the playhouse as a window to the outside world. While matters of religion, trade and war were being contested, the role of the playwright developed to inform, persuade and provoke debate on the concerns of the day. None performed this role with more brilliance than William Shakespeare, whose legacy shaped a new national identity.
This richly illustrated book presents an extraordinary collection of objects from the British Museum's unrivalled collection, as well as key pieces from Britain and elsewhere. These objects, examined through the lens of Shakespeare's plays, bring to life Shakespeare's characters, places and events. Simon Forman's diary of 1611 gives a vivid account of attending a contemporary performance of A Winter's Tale; a dagger fished from the Thames gives new resonance to the gang violence of Romeo and Juliet; while Guy Fawkes's lantern illustrates the Catholic counterculture revealed through the failed Gunpowder Plot, which was later to prove the inspiration for Macbeth.
Authoritative, surprising, evocative and original, this new work creates an extraordinary dialogue between an astonishing array of objects and Shakespeare's dramas of love and death, of youth and age, of political intrigue and cross-cultural conflict.
Courtesy of British Museum Press, we have three prizes of a pair of tickets to the British Museum's Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition worth £30, to be won. In addition each prizewinner will also receive a copy of the exhibition catalogue, and an exclusive notebook, key ring and Oystercard holder. For your chance to win, simply answer the question below.
CLOSING DATE: WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2012
Shakespeare: Staging the World runs at the British Museum until 25th November. To find out more or to book tickets, visit the British Museum website.
During the performance of which play in 1613 did a cannon shot, used as a special effect, ignite the thatched roof of the original Globe Theatre causing it to be burned to the ground?
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